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From now through Dec. 20, G&C Express Auto Service of Chantilly is offering to donate a free oil change service to any person that brings in a toy for the Marines' Toys for Tots program. The donations will be accepted at G&C Express Auto Service, located at 14008 Willard Road in Chantilly. The toys must be in the original packaging and unwrapped. People wanting to take advantage of this special should call or stop by G&C Express, owned by Gregg and Christina Caldwell, during regular business hours (Mon. to Fri., 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) at 703-263-2474. Email Gregg Caldwell at Gregg@gandcauto.com.

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce (formerly Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce) will host the following upcoming events:

* Holiday Mixer. Thursday, Dec. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Hilton Washington Dulles Airport, Red Fox Room (3rd Floor), 13869 Park Center Road, Herndon (near the intersection of Route 28 and McLearen Road). Food and beverages included. Save time at the door and register online in advance at www.DullesRegionalChamber.org. Fees: $10 for Chamber members; $15 for nonmembers.

The Centreville Rotary Holiday Party will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Little Rocky Run Community Center. The center is located at 6201 Sandstone Way in Clifton. The Centreville Rotary Club has adopted a Centreville family this Christmas.

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce is a sponsor of the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program. From now until Dec. 17, drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the Chamber headquarters, 8230 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 350. Visit the Web site at www.fccc.org or contact Jason Flanary at jflanary@fccc.org.

Beginning now and continuing throughout the holidays, five area Moe’s Southwest Grill locations will serve as drop sites for individuals wishing to send a piece of home overseas through a company called Any Soldier Inc. Individuals can bring items into Moe’s where teams will assemble to create care packages for soldiers. Moe’s will cover the cost of all supplies plus shipping costs for distribution to war zones. The five Moe’s drop sites are: Falls Church (5855 Leesburg Pike — 703-578-6637), Westfields/Chantilly (5005 Westone Plaza — 703-817-9540), Leesburg (667 Potomac Station Drive — 703-777-0004), South Riding (24995 Riding Plaza — 703-542-5670) and Mt. Vernon (7698 Richmond Highway — 703-660-1000).

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia will celebrate the first day of building for Westbrook Forest, a 12-unit condominium project in Fairfax County, located at the corner of Lee Highway and Waples Mill Road on Saturday, Dec. 16 beginning at 8:30 a.m. with a wall-raising ceremony and remarks at noon by leaders of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, Fairfax County and project sponsors.

Westbrook Forest is Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia's first condominium project which will house 12 families. Eight four-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units will be built in 2007. Sponsors include: Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, E*TRADE Financial, Fairways to Habitat, National Capital Presbytery, McLean Interfaith Coalition, Wachovia, Capital One, ESI International, First Horizon, Whole Foods Market, Vienna Church Coalition for Housing, Centreville United Methodist Church, General Dynamics, Habitat Campus Chapters, NII Holdings, SES America, Washington Consulting, Great Falls Ecumenical Council, United Way, CIF, Messiah United Methodist Church, The West Group, Burke Presbyterian Church, Verizon Foundation, Westminster Presbyterian Church, First National Bank of Arizona, AT Kearney, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. Volunteers will construct and raise the first interior walls. Breakfast and lunch will be provided by Whole Foods Market.

Small business owners are invited to the first meeting of a small business owners networking and fellowship group, Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m., at Centreville United Methodist Church. This is a forum for small business owners from the Centreville/Clifton/Chantilly area to get together and discuss common issues and share experiences. Contact Joe Migliozzi (jpmigliozzi@m3tc.com) or Peter Hesse (peter@hesse.com) for details, or read about it at http://centreville-umc.org.

The Engineering and Surveyors Institute recently recognized Bowman Consulting of Chantilly for the quality of work associated with submitted engineering plans for residential and commercial land development projects. The award acknowledged the efforts related to plan submittals. Johnny Lim, project manager at the Chantilly office, was also recognized for having the most acceptable plans submitted to Fairfax County without a rejection.

AARP Tax-Aide, the nation's largest, free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service, is seeking volunteers to electronically complete and file 2006 federal and state income tax forms. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome but ability to use a computer is a must. Evening and Saturday shifts are available. Tax counselors receive free tax training and become IRS certified by passing the IRS examination. Call Patty Callahan at 703-207-0056 or via email at pcallahan@cox.net or call toll-free 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669) or visit the Web site at www.aarp.org/taxaide.

A Business Networks International (BNI) Referral Networking meeting takes place every Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Centreville Lonestar Steakhouse off Route 29 in the Centreville Square Shopping Center. Contact Chris Allen at 703-653-8946.